Do you kids like to play Mr. Potato head? it is a fun creative open play toy. We had a couple different versions of Mr. Potato heads at home. My son loved to put various parts in all different positions and we have so many funny pictures of his creation. It is a fun playing process for kids to learn about body parts and some other concepts, like symmetry. Today we are sharing an app that is similar to Mr. Potato’s Head, but with more features that an app can offer: Toca Mini. It is Free for limited time.
When kids open the app, they will see a funny looking doll that with nothing on it, just a head and a body, with no facial features, like eyes, ears, or mouth; no hair; no clothes or shoes. To start the creation process, kids can tab on the head. At the bottom of the screen, a panel of possible selections shows up with different eyes, mouth, nose, and eye brow. Kids can try different ones to put on the head, they can move the selected items around, they can change them to different colors. It is nice that kids can turn the doll 360 degrees, so they can also add some parts on the back of the head.
The same is with the body. Kids can color the body like to get the doll dressed, they can use stamps to put different patterns on the clothes.
After kids are done with the creation, they can select the background and box the doll. They can also take a picture of their creation.
Toca Mini is a fun free play app. Kids can just be themselves and create whatever they want. There is no right or wrong, just fun. While putting everything together, it is also a good fine motor exercise.
How can parents interact with kids when they play with Toca Mini?
Parents can talk with kids about body parts, about the correct location of different body parts, about symmetry of our body and something else that has symmetric structure.
Additionally, when kids are given the opportunity of free play, they usually create something reflecting what is in their mind at the moment. Observing their creation process, parents usually can find something about the child, like creating a figure resembling a friend they miss, a movie character they are afraid of. So this could also be a good therapy tool.
Toca Mini is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is usually $2.99 on App Store. It is now Free for limited time.
If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.